Thursday, December 10, 2009

Top 25 Albums of 2009

#1 Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz

Yes, I love Karen O and I'm not afraid to admit it.

#2 GallowsGrey Britain

"I keep a fresh razor blade in the sole of my shoes. It helps when I get stuck thinking of you."

#3 ConvergeAxe To Fall

They just keep getting better and better.

#4 Heartless BastardsThe Mountain

The record I wanted Lucero to write this year....if Lucero had a female singer who was a much better vocalist than Ben Nichols.

#5 The Devin Townsend ProjectAddicted!

Talk about appropriately named (if it was named Addictive! instead).

#6 SlayerWorld Painted Blood


#7 Deer TickBorn On Flag Day

Don't you love it when you accidentally stumble on a band and they wind up being a new favorite?

#8 MastodonCrack The Skye

Time Magazine may have given this record backhanded compliments, but even the mainstream now understands the genius of this band.

#9 The Big PinkA Brief History Of Love

Damn you Brit pop, you've done it again.

#10 Goes CubeAnother Day Has Passed

Take some Helmet and Quicksand, punk it up, then thrash it up and call it Goes Cube.

#11 U2No Line On The Horizon

Yes, the first single sucked, but the rest of the album sure as hell didn't.

#12 CoalesceOx

Mama said knock you out.

#13 KreatorHordes of Chaos

Old school thrash bands are supposed to retire or really fail in the quality control department as years go on. Kreator did not get that memo.

#14 The Company Bands/t

The best Clutch record since Pure Rock Fury.

#15 City Of ShipsLook What God Did To Us

God gave us this record.

#16 White LiesTo Lose My Life

Thanks for taking over for The Killers since they now suck.

#17 Future Of The LeftTravels With Myself And Another

"Lapsed Catholics are the worst."

#18 Alice In ChainsBlack Gives Way To Blue

This record was supposed to fail, but it just definitively proved that Jerry Cantrell is/was the brains behind AIC.

#19 KatatoniaNight Is The New Day

I used to refer to this kind of music as "dork metal", but now I can't because I finally get it.

#20 WolfmotherCosmic Egg

And Wolfmother gives the sophomore slump the middle finger.

#21 TombsWinter Hours

The New York metal renaissance continues...

#22 PelicanWhat We All Come To Need

Some people don't get this band. I'm not one of those people.

#23 A Place To Bury StrangersExploding Head

Sure they are ripping Jesus And Mary Chain off, but at least they are doing it well.

#24 Brand NewDaisy

Aren't these guys supposed to be generic pop punk/screamo crap?

#25 TelekinesisTelekinesis!

I'm supposed to hate this kind of indie rock. Supposed to.

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
  1. Agoraphobic NosebleedAgorapocalypse
  2. Animals As Leaderss/t
  3. BaronessThe Blue Album
  4. Brutal TruthEvolution Through Revolution
  5. Burnt By The SunHeart Of Darkness
  6. Neko CaseMiddle Cyclone
  7. Celeste Misanthrope(s)
  8. Dinosaur Jr.Farm
  9. Drive-By TruckersThe Fine Print (A Collection Of Oddities and Rarities 2003 – 2008)
  10. DysrhythmiaPsychic Maps
  11. Patterson HoodMurdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)
  12. L’Homme Puma - On Remplace Les Yeux Cassés
  13. Howls/t EP (can’t wait for the full length!)
  14. If These Trees Could TalkAbove The Earth, Below The Sky
  15. Jason Isbell and The 400 Units/t
  16. Jay–ZThe Blueprint 3
  17. JesuInfinity / Opiate Sun
  18. Lucero1372 Overton Park
  19. NoisettesWild Young Heart
  20. RevocationExistence Is Futile
  21. Russian CirclesGeneva
  22. Scale The Summit Carving Desert Canyons
  23. SkeletonwitchBreathing The Fire
  24. Wolves In The Throne RoomBlack Cascade

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